Dolomite Alps

Dolomites

[doh-luh-mahyts, dol-uh-]
noun (used with a plural verb)
a mountain range in N Italy: a part of the Alps. Highest peak, Marmolada, 10,965 feet (3340 meters).
Also called Dolomite Alps.
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Dolomites (ˈdɒləˌmaɪts)
 
pl n
a mountain range in NE Italy: part of the Alps; formed of dolomitic limestone. Highest peak: Marmolada, 3342 m (10 965 ft)

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dolomite
1794, named for Fr. geologist Déodat De Gratet De Dolomieu (1750-1801) who described the rock in his study of the Alps (1791).
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dolomite   (dō'lə-mīt', dŏl'ə-mīt')  Pronunciation Key 
  1. A gray, pink, or white rhombohedral mineral. Dolomite occurs in curved saddlelike crystals with a pearly to glassy luster. It is a common rock-forming mineral. Chemical formula: CaMg(CO3)2.

  2. A sedimentary rock containing more than 50 percent of the mineral dolomite by weight.


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